We’ve had a slight change of events over the last few weeks, and we’re happy to report that God has graciously taken care of every detail and every family member. We are beyond blessed. Here’s how it all went down:
We found out about two weeks ago that we were not able to move Adam into his college apartment until August 8 (or thereabouts.) We switched up the move plans a little bit – Brian and Mitch planned to drive to Atlanta on August 2 and Adam would drive me down after we got him settled in. We received the call around 7:30 Saturday morning (August 1) that our expectant daughter Jonae and her hubby Justice were on the way to the hospital to “check things out.” My mind immediately started processing what it would look like if I needed to get to Atlanta quickly. Fortunately the weekend was not full of things to do other than to finish packing and sorting through boxes.
By 9:15am, we learned her water had broken and she was in fact in labor. Woohoo! Plan B into action! Booked a 3pm flight, packed the kitchen, did some laundry, showered and headed to the airport. Brian pointed out how pretty the white puffy clouds were in the sky – I snapped a few pictures to document the glorious day. I sat between two really nice people on the plane and they both had pictures to show me of their grandchildren. Jumped on the Marta train to head to Midtown and arrived at the hospital around 5:45pm. Jonae was uncomfortable (as you can imagine), but in good spirits. Some nice nurses and medication helped lighten the load a bit, but exhaustion was setting in. We dimmed the lights and started taking catnaps (as much as the monitors and seating allowed.) Everything was going well – just moving slowly.
Justice’s parents arrived at 1am (yeah more new grandparents!) and joined our slumber party. As dawn approached, us grandparents convened in the waiting room and awaited word. The ability to push started around 7:30 and the first text picture arrived around 9:50. Praise God – Juliet Marie Powers had been born! She arrived at 9:39am on Sunday, August 2, and a perfect size at 7lbs 10oz, 18.5 inches long. Mommy, baby and dad were all doing very well.
Fast-forward several hours… Mommy and baby moved to a larger room and continued to thrive. Brian and Mitch arrived safely and were able to see Juliet before she was 12 hours old. That evening, we met our new landlords and unpacked the FULL car into our new (temporary) home. An afternoon flight on Monday delivered me into Columbus just in time (literally) to see my absolute favorite Christian artist, Chris Tomlin, live at the Ohio State Fair. ONLY God can do that.
Overall an amazing, surreal weekend. Hard to put into words the deep overwhelming sense of love, joy, peace and humility that embraces the entire spirit. No doubt a small glimpse of what God experiences every time someone calls him Father for the first time.
Now in power mode – packing, sorting, cleaning and moving Adam. Watch for updates once I arrive into Atlanta. God Bless You and thank you for sharing in our life. Love you all.